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Old 09-28-07, 06:04 PM   #1
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WHY DON'T YOU BLOW IT OUT...um, thanks

I was riding home yesterday, towards dusk, and dealing with jerks horn honkers, etc, my first impulse is to yell "Blow it out your...!" at the offending driver. Yesterday, some rude, arrogant, smug, Audi driving pri...um, individual blares his horn at me. Just I start to respond, and I get to the "BL" of "BLOW IT OUT YOUR....!!!", I see the passenger stick his hand out of the window and gives me a thumbs up. Took all the fun out of swearing, I tell ya.
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Old 09-28-07, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have only had a couple of people honk their horn at me ever. And, since I wasn't bothering them and they weren't bothering me, I figured it was because they liked the view.
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Old 09-28-07, 06:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, where do some people live where they get honked at so much? It happens to me maybe 2 times a month, max.
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Old 09-28-07, 07:09 PM   #4
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Yeah, where do some people live where they get honked at so much? It happens to me maybe 2 times a month, max.
It's funny how different people can be from city to city. When I was commuting in Toledo I got lots of honking and screaming. They were particularly fond of telling me to get on the sidewalk, which for some reason is the one thing people can say that annoys the crap out of me. I don't get much honking or screaming here in Indy. I think the people are so determined to pass (they'll do all kinds of dumb stuff to get around me) that they don't have time to honk or yell.

Come to think of it, I got a lot more of the "I'm about to pass you" warning honks in Toledo. Maybe they're just bigger honkers in general. Who knows.
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Old 09-28-07, 07:51 PM   #5
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I don't get honked to often because I am in the *gasp* bike lane for most of my commute. It really takes the wind out of the argument that bikes don't belong on the road when there is a bike lane.
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Old 09-28-07, 09:33 PM   #6
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I get yelled at or honked at often. The other day, while in the bike lane, a gentleman hung his head out th window of his blazer with trailer and yelled at me. Of course you never understand them. Five minutes later he comes by the other way to yell again.
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Old 09-28-07, 09:36 PM   #7
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"Of course you never understand them. " I've noticed that myself.

Of course, I've had people honk at me, then later on, see someone I know that says "Hey, I saw you out riding the other day and honked!" So some of those honkers could be your friends, it's not always hostile.
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Old 09-28-07, 11:27 PM   #8
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I just blast my Airzounds right back at them. Fun game.
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Old 09-28-07, 11:35 PM   #9
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"Of course you never understand them. " I've noticed that myself.

Of course, I've had people honk at me, then later on, see someone I know that says "Hey, I saw you out riding the other day and honked!" So some of those honkers could be your friends, it's not always hostile.
Perhaps...I've trained most of the people who know me not to honk when they see me. They used to do it all the time when I walked everywhere, and it would startle me enough to sometimes give me a migraine (stress related)...Now if someone sees me, they just mention it later that they spotted me. Much easier on the nervous system .

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Old 09-29-07, 12:48 PM   #10
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I think that many of the honks are indeed honks of support, but people who ride enclosed in their cars just have no idea how LOUD those horns are to someone outside the car.
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Old 09-29-07, 03:06 PM   #11
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Mean honks 2-3 a year. 1-2 honks a day from people I know(friendly haonks)
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A non aggressive honk - I got one of the "I'm passing you" honks on Friday morning. Of course this is always when I'm quite aware of their position [within 4 feet usually]. As they pass the I look at the driver [very passively] and he's giving the peace sign. I almost caught up at the next light to honk my airzound and return the sign.
Usually the honks startle be and don't help at all.
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one long beeeeeeep=caution

two short toots=wassup

I've used the horn on cyclists just to make sure they know I'm behind them. Many cyclists are not as attentive as they should about traffic. My car (Toyota Camry) is very quiet at low speed. I use the friendly toot in this case.

Sometimes I following them a little just to look at their bikes! Anyone done that before?

I "never" use my horn in anger... I'll just run over you silently (just kidding).
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Old 10-01-07, 12:00 AM   #14
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I sometimes get the urge to yell encouragement or give a little toot on the horn to cyclists when I'm driving, then I remember that it always sounds like "GROOOWWIBNKLXJFHKIAAAWAAAA!" so I just just keep quiet.

Whenever I have some dumb driver yell "GROOOWWIBNKLXJFHKIAAAWAAAA!" at me I just keep pedalling.. unless they're actually going to hit me there's no point offering "feedback".
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The few times I've been yelled at, it's been on the rural roads with a 50 MPH speed limit, so they don't have time to get out the full "GROOOWWIBNKLXJFHKIAAAWAAAA!". All I hear is "...aAAAAaa..." - perhaps one vowel sound, that's about it. Doppler shifted.
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Old 10-01-07, 01:38 PM   #16
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I think people that honk at me think they're doing me a favor, "oh I'll alert him I'm here", I already know, you don't need to give me a little beep.
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Old 10-01-07, 02:26 PM   #18
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If someone's coming up behind me and honks, I think "something's wrong/*******", not "someone's thinking about passing me by".
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sometimes i dream of taking a gulp from da water bottle and letting it out it llama-style
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